|1st||16:18||MER||1-0||EV||Ben Bahe (1)||Jonathan Lashyn/1, Justin Hussar/1|
|1st||19:21||CLK||1-1||EV||Paul Geiger (2)||-|
|2nd||1:45||MER||2-1||EV GW||Matt Cronin (1)||Jace Hennig/1, Aaron Titcomb/1|
|2nd||12:57||MER||3-1||EV||Mathieu Tibbet (1)||Brett Seney/1, Aaron Titcomb/2|
|2nd||14:35||MER||4-1||EV||Ben Bahe (2)||Matt Cronin/1, Brian Christie/1|
|3rd||0:28||MER||5-1||EV||Justin Hussar (1)||Brian Christie/2, Ben Bahe/1|
|3rd||1:50||MER||6-1||PP||Hampus Gustafsson (1)||Brian Christie/3, Aaron Titcomb/3|
|3rd||5:17||MER||7-1||EV||Mathieu Tibbet (2)||Brett Seney/2, Matt Cronin/2|
|Shots on Goal||1st||2nd||3rd||SOG|
|Team Stats and Records||PP||PIM||SHGF|
|Steve Perry (L, 2-1-0)||41:50||6||4||8||0||12|
|Collin Delia (W, 1-0-0)||56:39||1||13||9||8||30|
NO. ANDOVER, Mass. - Senior forward Ben Bahe had two goals and an assist and six other Warriors registered multiple-point games as Merrimack skated to a 7-1 win against Clarkson on Friday at Lawler Rink.
Score: Merrimack 7, Clarkson 1
Records: Merrimack (1-0-0) | Clarkson (2-1-0)
Location: Lawaler Rink | North Andover, Mass.
How It Happened
Anxious to hit the ice after watching 10 other Hockey East schools open their seasons last week, the Warriors burnt off the early season rust in the first period, striking first with under four to go in the frame, but Clarkson capitalized off a turnover to even the contest at 1-1 heading into the first intermission.
That, however, would be the last time Clarkson would light the lamp, as sophomore Collin Delia (Rancho Cucamonga, Calif.) finished with 30 saves over the ensuing 36 minutes to give the offense a chance to do damage.
A fluky goal from senior Matt Cronin (Langley, British Columbia) figured as the game-winner at 1:45 of the second, and then 10 minutes later sophomore Mathieu Tibbet (Dover, Del.) crashed the net and forced in his first of the season on a feed from classmate Brett Seney (London, Ontario) to up the lead to 3-1.
Less than two minutes after that, it was senior Ben Bahe (Stillwater, Minn.) ricocheting a blast from the point by Cronin into the twine that made it a 4-1 Merrimack lead that the hosts would carry into the break. The Minnesota native had a tip-in goal earlier in the first period, as well.
Merrimack left no doubt after exploding for three goals in a span of 5:17 to start the third; senior Justin Hussar (Lancaster, N.Y.) finished a tic-tac-toe scoring sequence just 28 seconds into the period, and then nearly 90 seconds later junior Hampus Gustafsson (Ljungby, Sweden) buried the team's sixth strike to up the lead to five.
Finally, Seney wrapped up the scoring after taking a loose puck along the boards from behind the Merrimack net, went coast-to-coast down the left wing and sent a perfect feed that required only an outreached stick from Tibbet for the easy tip-in tally at 5:17 of the third.
Despite a five-minute major power play, Merrimack was kept off the board the rest of the way; freshman Drew Vogler (Florissant, Mo.) made his Warrior debut over the final three minutes of the contest before the final horn sounded.
Inside The Numbers
- Four different Warriors finished with three points and seven enjoyed multi-point performances, including career nights from Cronin (1g, 2a) and sophomore defenseman Aaron Titcomb (Charlestown, Mass.); Christie (3a) and Bahe (2g, 1a) also finished with three points
- After going 38 games without a three-point performance by a skater last year, Merrimack saw four players do so in the season opener
- Delia finished with 30 saves before giving way to Vogler; for Clarkson, Steve Perry took the loss after making 12 stops; Ville Runola played the final 18:10 and recorded eight stops
- Also figuring into the score sheet were Jonathan Lashyn (Saskatoon, Saskatchewan) and Jace Hennig (Port Moody, British Columbia), who each finished with an assist
- Merrimack finished 1-for-5 on the power play, while the PK kept Clarkson at bay on three tries
Merrimack wraps up its season-opening series against another ECAC foe tomorrow night, as the Warriors host St. Lawrence to finish up Homecoming Weekend.